According to a report released by the Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), 63% of UK businesses are planning to move their entire digital infrastructure to the cloud over the next few years.

Unrivalled flexibility was the main reason businesses gave for deciding to opt for cloud-based digital infrastructures, with more than three quarters (77%) of businesses citing this positive attribute as their motivation.

Scalability and 24/7 service dependence were listed as the other reasons for migrating to the cloud, with 76% and 74%, respectively.

The key objectives required by businesses researching cloud-based technology included; enabling business innovation (45%), enhancing business continuity (37%) and improving customer service (31%).

At present, the cloud is used for at least two services by more than three quarters (77%) of businesses and used for five or more services by one in every eight businesses (12%).

The report found that the platforms most likely to be hosted in the cloud were websites (57%), email (56%), e-commerce storefronts (53%) and collaboration services (52%).

Whilst the adoption rate for cloud-based services among UK-based organisations remains unchanged from 2015, sitting at 78%, the report reveals this figure is still “substantially higher” than when the research began in 2011.

Over the next two years, adoption is likely to increase to 85%, the report revealed.

CEO of CIF, Alex Hilton said: “It should come as no surprise that digital transformation is creeping up businesses’ agendas as they seek to stay ahead of the competition.

“The cloud is very much a part of the digital transformation agenda, and it is clear from this research that those companies with plans to digitally transform, struggle to do so without a reliable delivery model.”

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